Michigan State University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|December 1999||The Impact of State Taxes on Self-Insurance|
with Bin Ke, Douglas A. Shackelford: w7453
This paper assesses whether insurers' state taxes reduce purchases of property-casualty coverage. Tests are conducted using state aggregates of insurer-level data from publicly-available, annual accounting reports for 1993, 1994, and 1995. A positive relation between self-insurance and state taxes is detected, consistent with consumers opting to self-insure rather than bear the incidence of higher insurer taxes. The primary empirical estimates imply that a 1 percent increase in the state premium tax rate reduces non-automobile insured losses by 0.18 percent to 0.28 percent. These elasticities suggest that for the mean state, a standard deviation increase in the state tax rate (0.5 percent) would lower insured losses by approximately $140 million or 7.5 percent of current coverage. As ...
Published: Ke, Bin, Kathy R. Petroni and Douglas A. Shackelford. "The Impact Of State Taxes On Self-Insurance," Journal of Accounting and Economics, 2000, v30(1,Aug), 99-122. citation courtesy of